Sweden’s Telair International has received certification for its new Flexible Loading System (FLS) for all current production and in-service Boeing 737 aircraft – and lessor GECAS will offer the system to its B737-800 freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year.
Allowing 737 operators to carry containerised freight along with bulk-loaded bags in the lower hold of the aircraft, the FLS “improves loading efficiency and adds flexibility, especially for combination, express and e-commerce operators”, commented Richard Greener, senior vice president and manager, Cargo Aircraft Group, GECAS.
“The Flexible Loading System allows Telair's containers to be preloaded and screened at the cargo sort and brought on board the aircraft using existing bulk loading equipment,” he explained.
New Telair containers have been designed specifically for use with the Telair EDGE Sliding Carpet, an on-board conveyer system for loading and unloading bulk cargo, which is currently installed on the 737 MAX. The EDGE model is about 40 percent lighter than existing variants, Telair said, since it uses carbon fibre technology.
The FLS also includes a new powered doorway ball mat for transferring the containers between standard ground handling equipment and the Sliding Carpet.
Telair president and chief executive Anders Helmner confirmed that work with GECAS and its customers on installing the system would begin in the second quarter of 2018.